a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk.
family relationship or kinship.
a group of persons descended from a common ancestor or constituting a family, clan, tribe, or race.
a relative or kinsman.
someone or something of the same or similar kind: philosophy and its kin, theology.
of the same family; related; akin.
of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
of kin, of the same family; related; akin: Although their surnames are identical they are not of kin.

before 900; Middle English; Old English cyn; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German kunni, Old Norse kyn, Gothic kuni; akin to Latin genus, Greek génos, Sanskrit jánas. See gender

kinless, adjective

ken, kin, kith. Unabridged


a diminutive suffix of nouns: lambkin.

Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German -ken; cognate with German -chen Unabridged
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kin (kɪn)
1.  a person's relatives collectively; kindred
2.  a class or group with similar characteristics
3.  See next of kin
4.  (postpositive) related by blood
5.  a less common word for akin
[Old English cyn; related to Old Norse kyn family, Old High German kind child, Latin genus kind]

suffix forming nouns
small: lambkin
[from Middle Dutch, of West Germanic origin; compare German -chen]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cyn "family, race, kind, nature," from P.Gmc. *kunjan (cf. O.N. kyn, O.H.G. chunni, Goth. kuni "family, race," O.N. kundr "son," Ger. kind "child"), from PIE *gen- "to produce" (see genus). Kinship is a modern word, first attested 1833 in writing of Mrs. Browning.

dim. suffix, first attested mid-13c. in proper names adopted from Flanders and Holland, probably from M.Du. -kin, properly a double-dim., from -k + -in. Equivalent to Ger. -chen.
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Idioms & Phrases


see kith and kin.

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Example sentences
Fascinating that qualities of its blood let it soar higher than many of its kin.
In the first part, she offers advice to adults troubled by relations with
  parents, siblings and other kin.
The pioneer primatologist travels the globe to speak up for the captive and
  orphaned kin of wild chimpanzees.
Cleopatra and her kin knew a thing or two about crafting an alluring smoky eye.
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